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Beauty and the Beast Hardcover – November 14, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1100L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition first Printing edition (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763631604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763631604
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 2-4–Nineteenth-century period details, lively dialogue that is well suited to reading aloud, and sly humor distinguish this retelling. The basic plot is familiar, yet slight changes in details and dialogue deftly customize the tone. The father is portrayed as a doting parent whose flattering introductions to his daughters are provided in staccato. Absolutely lovely, smashing girl, mad about clothes, and amusingly countered by the author's, Now you might consider that Gertrude in fact looked a little spoiled and not very grateful…. Even Beauty is a little vain; when she first touches the beast, she is amazed to see how pale and delicate her hand looked against its fur. Barrett's lovely watercolor illustrations vary in size and shape and the effective use of light and shadow communicates the shifting moods. The haunting landscapes and stark interiors contrast with sunlit, outdoor scenes presented in charming little vignettes. A poignant spread shows Beauty weeping over her Beast. There are many delightful versions of this complex story, and each has its own charm. Certainly, Marianna Mayer's Beauty and the Beast (S & S, 1987) set a high standard. Libraries that feature variants of folklore stories will want this vibrant edition.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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Eilenberg's lush retelling of the great fairy tale, set in the nineteenth century, pulls out all the stops with a long, lyrical text and beautiful watercolor pictures that depict both the luxury and the anguish of the story. Barrett's illustrations express the contrasts of the story, from the family scenes of the terrible sisters to the view of the brave young hero who goes on a journey to save her miserable dad. Then there are the dark and stormy landscapes surrounding the palace. The sad, lonely monster is a huge demonic presence, "hateful and yet so full of heart, so easy to pain, so eager to please." The final embrace that saves the Beast is a triumphant climax in both words and art. Great for storytelling, especially for readers old enough to understand a little about the importance of love. Hazel Rochman
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Can't recommend this highly enough for 6-10s.
Bluejun
It's a beautiful well-written story with hauntingly stunning illustrations.
K. T. Blake
If you love this story, this is a book to own and treasure.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bluejun on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
THis book is nothing short of spectacular. I read it to my nine year old (who's well into reading her own novels by now) and we both were moved to tears -- not a regular occurence in this household. Max Eilenberg's retelling of the classic tale is dark and emotional and very moving, and Angela Barrett's illustrations are nothing short of breathtaking. Can't recommend this highly enough for 6-10s. So different from all the jazzy tongue in cheek 'aren't we cool' books out there. This is the real thing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Angela Barrett, for reminding me why you are one of my favorite children's illustrators of all time. With delicate figures, moody scenery, exquisite detail, striking composition, and a muted though rich palette of colors, this may well be the quintessential picture book version of "Beauty and the Beast." Seriously, there aren't enough adjectives in the world to describe how good this lady is.

Max Eilenberg provides the narrative, basing it on the traditional French fairytale "Le Belle et le Bette" by Charles Perrault, concerning a merchant with three daughters who looses his fortune, takes a forbidden rose from a magical garden, and finds himself forced to give up his youngest daughter Beauty to the terrible Beast in repayment for his theft.

Beauty agrees to dwell in the Beast's magnificent castle, and even comes to enjoy his company despite his hideous visage, but is troubled by his marriage proposals every night: she does not love him, and her constant denials are a source of constant pain to the Beast. When she begs to return home to see her father, the Beast gives her permission to go - provided she keeps her promise to return within the week.

Of course, you already know how it ends, but Eilenburg manages to keep the story fresh and gives the story a few little personal touches. Beauty's family name is "Fortune" and her father Mr Fortune loves to show pictures of his daughters to anyone who cares to listen (and some who don't!) Beauty's sisters Hermione and Gertrude are nasty pieces of work in this particular version, begging Beauty to delay her departure in the hopes that she'll be eaten by the Beast on her return. Yikes!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MTL on May 25, 2007
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As usual, it is the elegant, spare and painterly drawings that make the books illustrated by Angela Barrett. They border on the surreal. My only small "complaint" is that there aren't enough full or two-page spreads featuring her illustrations! It seemed a lot of them were relegated to the borders. But, the book is definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of hers, or a fan of beautifully illustrated children's books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Sloane on December 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just adore this book. I took one look at the cover and just fell in love. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and the storytelling is great. I'm 21 years old, but after flipping through this book for a couple second, i knew i had to have it! I make everyone I know read it hehehe
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LR on October 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm 18, and have loved this version of Beauty and the Beast since I discovered it a few years ago. Both the pictures AND the story are intersting! You'll find yourself actually reading what it says, instead of skimming it and looking at the pictures instead. Lovely details in the art, especially the gardens. I love it love it love it forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pippin O' Rohan on June 9, 2013
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Recently, acquaintances from England, Anthony and Sue Dunsany, decided to come on a tour this Spring to America with their son Edward now nineteen, their sixteen year-old daughter Lucia and their youngest, Lirazel, a pretty girl of eight who resembles her mother both in looks and character, with large grey pensive eyes, long auburn hair and a beautiful serene smile. On a sunny mild day in New York, plans were made to visit some of the major museums during their week in the city, and young Lirazel decided that she would like to keep me company at home until we all met up again for an early dinner on the town.

She has a great affinity for reading and was shortly inspecting my bookshelves while I was addressing some correspondence. Setting my pen aside for a moment, I asked her what would please her the most and she replied 'a classic fairy tale'. There are so many, and perhaps you have read them all, but Lizarel quietly asked if I had a copy of Beauty and the Beast. It's my all-time favorite, she explained, and I never get tired of it. You know I have always felt a bit sorry for the beast in the story and Beauty is not only brave, but she is kind to him in the end when she realizes that he loves her and would like her to stay with him so that he will never be unhappy, lonely or mean again. This made me smile because I remembered how I was always a little disappointed when the Beast turned into a prince and that good looks are not the most important things in the world.

So I pulled out a newer version of this great tale by the author Max Eilenberg, illustrated by the beautiful artwork of Angela Barrett.
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